Guitar History

"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded"
Jimi Hendrix

Today, some 40 years after Jimi Hendrix offered that sage advice, it seems fantastic that anyone would need to be convinced of the satisfaction one feels in becoming a practised guitarist and not because the instrument is unduly hard to leam or tedious, but because the power of the guitar seems only to increase with time. In the 50 years since it began to replace the piano as the instrument most popular with beginner musicians, the guitar has reached into every style of music, every culture and every comer of the earth.

Anyone who has been playing, even for a short time, knows the rewards that the guitar brings to a player and, eventually, his or her audience. But where can a beginner get all the information needed for a solid grounding in fundamentals, advanced techniques, technology and history? This guide will provide all of that and enhance the joy you get from playing your favourite songs.

Everyone hears music before they contemplate picking up an instrument so this handbook begins with an overview of the various styles with which you're already familiar from radio, CDs, downloads or live shows. All of the most popular guitar styles are discussed, from rock to jazz and from Latin to reggae. The artist profiles here are augmented later in the book by in-depth discussions of your favourite players, from Chet Atkins to Frank Zappa.

Ultimate guitar history sections:

Blues guitar history, blues styles, playing blues.
Jazz guitar history, jazz stules, playing jazz.
Rock guitar history, rock styles, playing rock.